Tonight sees the fifth – and final – programme in the five-night Screen Plays season Classics on TV: Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen at BFI Southbank. This evening we will see Iphigenia at Aulis, Don Taylor’s production of Euripides’ play for BBC Television in 1990. This happens to be the last full production of Greek tragedy on British television, and so it’s a fitting note on which to end the season. It also features a stirring performance by Fiona Shaw in the role of Clytemnestra. At the time of writing, a few tickets for the 6pm showing are available via the BFI website.
For the previous screenings on 7, 13, 19 and 23 June we tried an experiment, inviting anyone who was at the screening to contribute their thoughts about the programmes on this blog. The experiment has been really successful – read the Comments on King Oedipus and Oedipus Tyrannus (7 June), Electra and Women of Troy with panel discussion with Fiona Shaw and Oliver Taplin (13 June), Agamemnon (Part 1 of The Serpent Son) and Of Mycenae and Men (19 June) and The Oresteia (23 June) – and so we will continue this for this final screening.
Any and all responses, however brief, would be welcome in the Comments below – and John Wyver and I will also be offering some further thoughts.
My detailed Screen Plays post about this production of Iphigenia at Aulis remains available.
Click the links for full details of the season and a write-up of our symposium about Greek tragedy on the small screen at the University of Westminster, which took place last Friday.
Do please share your thoughts with us…